Never Stop Dancing: A Memoir

Never Stop Dancing: A Memoir

by John Robinette, Robert Jacoby

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Overview

A story of grief, male friendship, and healing conversations.



“Be present,” “cherish each day,” “always say I love you.” John Robinette lived those words. Or so he thought. Then his wife, Amy, was killed instantly in a pedestrian accident.



John’s world shattered, and he began the grueling task of parenting two young boys in a house filled with vibrant, bittersweet memories. As the grief closed in around him, John’s close friend, author Robert Jacoby, saw John struggling and proposed an unusual idea: to interview him over the course of the first year after Amy’s death. Robert’s hope was to meet John directly in his experience of sorrow, explore his grief with him, and discover what lessons might be learned.



Born of a year’s worth of candid interviews, Never Stop Dancing avoids clichéd takeaways about grief and healing to chart a deeper, thornier examination of loss and regret. Robert and John are transformed through their shared experience, too, emerging strengthened and with an abiding male friendship that cuts against the grain of pop-culture trends of quick fixes and easy answers. This memoir-in-conversation provides hard-won reassurances that one can and does go on after loss.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578524450
Publisher: Inner Harbor House, LLC
Publication date: 10/10/2019
Pages: 246
Sales rank: 343,045
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

After the death of his wife Amy Polk, John Robinette began journaling his experience on his blog www.hole-in-the-sun, on social media, and in the online Elephant Journal. John has an M.S. in Management Science and spent the first 25 years of his career as a software engineer, IT professional, and project manager. After Amy's death, he shifted his focus towards helping people be more successful and find more joy in their careers. When he is not writing, John is an organizational development and leadership coach with the Center for Leadership and Organizational Change at the University of Maryland. He is also a principle at V-Teamwork, a company using immersive virtual game simulations to build trust and accelerate collaboration in teams.

Robert Jacoby is the author of three books: Dusk and Ember (2019, novel); There Are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes (2012, novel); and Escaping from Reality Without Really Trying: 40 Years of High Seas Travels and Lowbrow Tales (2011, nonfiction). His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in more than 20 literary magazines. During his career he has been an editor and writer for newspapers, healthcare magazines, health facilities, and health-related websites. In 2012 he received his Master of Information Management at the iSchool, University of Maryland, where he focused on developing the Website Governance Modeling Tool (www.website-governance.com). His most recent position was as a web governance consultant with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy. Learn more at robert-jacoby.com.

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BeBe83 4 months ago
A raw and honest look at the pain of losing a loved one. After Robinette suddenly and tragically lost his wife, Amy, in a pedestrian accident, his friend, Robert Jacoby, asked if he could interview him over the course of the that first year as he faced all the repercussions of losing the woman he had assumed would be his lifelong partner. The book reads like a discussion between two good friends. I'm not sure I've ever read such an accurate account of the grieving process. Highly recommended.